We have lost
the thread topic here a bit but there have been a few comments along the lines of the boat being stronger that the skipper
and boats turning up on beached etc after the crew have abandoned her. There have been many reported instances of this and there is no doubt the crew should have stayed with the boat. The golden rule
"step up from the boat into the liferaft" is sound no matter what the boat, sea conditions or crews condition. However, lets not forget that just because some boats turn up in good condition minus the crew, there are plenty of boats that go to the bottom after striking a whale or container or some other hazard. In those cases the boat certainly isnt stronger than the crew.